Disability Advocate, Digital Expert to Deliver SLA2020 Keynotes
McLean, Virgina, 18 September 2020—A systems engineer turned disability/diversity consultant and the head of a digital transformation firm who once created the world’s first social media fellowship for journalists will deliver the opening and closing keynote presentations at SLA2020.
Yvette Pegues, a former IBM networking and systems engineer who experienced a life- and career-altering medical trauma that led her to co-found a firm that works with Fortune 500 companies to help develop more inclusive workplaces and communities, will deliver the opening keynote presentation on October 14. She will focus on creating work environments that foster a sense of belonging among people of all backgrounds and interests.
Debra Jasper, founder and CEO of Mindset Digital, which works with companies to teach their leaders how to make connections in a technologically driven environment, will deliver the closing keynote address on October 16. She’ll tell attendees how to—
- Connect and compete in a socially distanced world;
- Strengthen their online presence and personal brand;
- Increase their visibility and showcase their value;
- Deepen their professional connections using LinkedIn; and
- Create compelling thought leadership during this time of uncertainty and anxiety.
“We’re excited to have Yvette and Debra as our keynote speakers at SLA2020 and look forward to learning skills and insights that are both timely and timeless,” says 2020 SLA President Tara Murray Grove. “They will teach us lessons that will help us ‘meet the moment’ today and in years to come.”
SLA2020 represents SLA’s first all-online annual conference and promises to be a virtual interactive experience. The two-week event (october 5-16) features 100-plus live and on-demand education sessions for librarians and information professionals at all stages of their career, an awards ceremony, opportunities for focused networking with peers and industry partners, an exhibit hall, and two general sessions. For more information, visit https://connect.sla.org/ac2020/home.
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in more than 60 countries and in a range of working environments, including business, academia and government agencies. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives. For more information, visit sla.org.